The Davis Cup Final 8 is upon us this week as eight countries will vie for the honor of being the champions. Italy had been favored, according to the tennis odds, but with two of their top players pulling out, the tournament is wide open now.
Canada has the highest-ranked player on their roster. Does that mean that they’re a good bet to win it all? Let’s take a closer look at the quarterfinal matchups and see which sides are most likely to move on.
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Italy vs United States
The Italian team was supposed to be headlined by the likes of Matteo Berrettini, who is the No. 15 player in the world, and No. 16 Jannik Sinner. However, both of those players have pulled out with injuries.
Berrettini is still going to go to Malaga, Spain to support the team but it doesn’t help them so much. Players like Fabio Fognini and Lorenzo Musetti are left to lead the way.
Team USA isn’t great but they’re solid enough here with Francis Tiafoe, Mardy Fish and Taylor Fritz. They should end up with the win. No country has won this event more than the Americans.
Germany vs Canada
Canada was 5-4 in the group stage and finished as the runners-up in Group B behind the strong Spain squad. As for Germany, the were 6-3 and actually won Group C, which is surprising given their roster. They’re a huge underdog in the sportsbook to win the Davis Cup at +2000.
Canada (+300) will have both Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov in the lineup and that’s big because both are in the top 20 of the world rankings. Auger-Aliassime is the highest-ranked player coming to the event.
That should lead the Canadians to a win in their matchup with Germany, who doesn’t have anyone who is in the top 60.
Netherlands vs Australia
Netherlands went 6-3 in their group stage matches and won their group, but they mostly had an easy draw. Sure, the United States was with them but so was Great Britain and Kazakhstan.
It’s hard to get excited about Holland’s roster with Botic van de Zandschulp, Tallon Griekspoor, Tim van Rijthoven, Wesley Koolhof and Matwe Middelkoop. It’s not exactly a who’s who of stars.
Australia comes into this event having finished second in their group behind Germany, which was a bit of a surprise. However, keep in mind that Alex de Minaur is their best player (ranked No. 24) and he didn’t play against Germany.
With de Minaur playing in Malaga and Thanasi Kokkinaki on the team, they should roll through the Netherlands and move on. Take Australia with your tennis picks.
Spain vs Croatia
This is the toughest matchup on the card as Croatia is actually the top-ranked team in the Davis Cup. Those who tennis bet online should note that this title would have gone to the Spanish team had it not been for Carlos Alcaraz’s season-ending injury.
Borna Coric, Marin Cilic and Borna Gojo headline the Croatian squad, but Spain deserves a slight edge. Roberto Bautista Agut, Pablo Carreno Busta and Marcel Granollers are the more reliable trio. They went 7-2 in their nine group matches.